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Tucker's named best breakfast destination in Ohio

Foodie site Extra Crispy must love breakfast — because they compiled a list of the best breakfast destinations in the country. While there are a few that are obvious to this list (Peppermill in Las Vegas, for example), many more will surprise you, including the spot from Ohio — Tucker's Restaurant.

Tucker's has been a Cincinnati staple since 1946, and you don't last that long in the restaurant biz without amassing something of a cult following.

The mom-and-pop diner nearly burned down after a grease fire in 2015, but the community helped raise the funds needed to reopen.

It serves all-day breakfast (well, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. breakfast because the place closes in the early afternoon), and is known for dishing up goetta, a native Cincinnati dish.

Check out the full list here to find a place to nosh on your next road trip.

P&G CEO David Taylor rated one of the top in the country

Glassdoor recently released its list of highest rated CEOS, employees' choice. Each CEO is ranked based on what employees have to say about them and the company, job openings and salaries at the company and company benefits.

David Taylor, CEO of P&G, once again made the list. This is the second year in a row that Taylor has been included in the ranking, although in 2016, he was ranked no. 11, and this year, he came in at no. 76 with a 90 percent employee approval rating. (For comparison, the CEO at the no. 1 spot, Benno Dorer of The Clorox Company, has a 99 percent employee approval rating.)

Other accolades for P&G include a top 25 spot on Glassdoor's Best Places to Work list in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015.

To see the full list of CEOs, click here.

Cincinnati a shining example for Erie biz group

In December, a group of representatives from the Erie Downtown Development Corp. in Erie, Ohio, visited Cincinnati. The group, dubbed the Cincinnati 8, were impressed with the strides that groups like 3CDC has made in its development efforts in Over-the-Rhine.

Since 2003, 3CDC has used investments of about $220 million to leverage more than $1 billion worth of development in previously blighted areas of downtown and OTR.

The EDDC wants to use the same model that has worked in Cincinnati — new market tax credits and money from the business community to develop and leverage outside investment — in Erie. The EDDC also plans to start in a small, targeted section of the city and work its way outward.

Read more about the EDDC's plans here and here.

Kroger and other grocery chains embracing technology, growth

Something that has been missing from the traditional grocery shopping experience is convenience. Grocery chains like Kroger and Whole Foods (which was recently purchased by Amazon) are working to change that.

We know of services like Kroger's Click List and Walmart Grocery Pickup that allow customers to shop from the comfort of their home, adding items to their vitural shopping carts. Workers do the "shopping," and customers schedule a time to pick up their groceries from their nearest store.

But what other advances are coming our way?

New and remodeled Kroger stores around the Tristate now have beer and wine bars, complete with the option to purchase a pint to enjoy while you shop, a glass of wine to sip at the bar or a growler to take home. The recently announced downtown Kroger will include a two-story shopping experience with a bar on the second floor, a food hall and terrace and a number of restaurants and ready-to-eat options operated by outside vendors.

This Forbes article examines six other ways that grocery stores are working to improve the shopping experience.

Two local startup accelerators place among 30 best in national study

Two local startup accelerators were recently ranked among the best in the nation by Seed Rankings.

Over-the-Rhine's The Brandery was placed in the Silver category and Covington-based UpTech in the Bronze category. 

Seed Rankings looked at a number of data points, including Qualified Fundraising, Survival, Founder Satisfaction (which was obtained from a survey of entrepreneurs who have graduated from the pool of 150 accelerator programs) and Alumni Network.

The ranking provides information for entrepreneurs who are looking to join an accelerator and are in search of more information, including total dollars funded and the success rate of the accelerators.

Other startups that made the top 30 include Denver-based Techstars (Platinum), California's 500 Startups (Gold) and the nonprofit Lighthouse Labs (Bronze).

People's Liberty continues to make waves

People's Liberty is at the halfway point of its five-year mission. To date, it's funded 50 Cincinnatians to bring innovative ideas to the city — and it still has 50 more projects to fund.

PL has two rounds of applications a year; once projects are chosen, grants are given in three categories: $10,000 art installation grants, $15,000 storefront grants (the grantee sets up shop for six weeks in the Dept. of Doing, PL's first-floor retail space) and two $100,000 Haile Fellowships.

The philanthropic foundation's goal is to fund creative projects that lead to social engagement or change.

Read more about PL in this article from Forbes.

Cincinnati again tops the list of best places for college grads

For the second year in a row, Cincinnati is the best place for college graduates. There are endless job opportunities and room for growth, and the Queen City has the lowest average rent ($555) of any of the top 25 cities on this list. The cost of living here is about 3.5 percent lower than the national average too.

Smart Asset, a personal finance website, looked at 108 of the largest cities in the U.S. and examined data points that make the city suitable for a recent college graduate.
  • Jobs: The unemployment rate among those with bachelor’s degrees, the overall unemployment rate, earnings for college grads and the number of Indeed job listings.
  • Affordability: The median rent in each city and the cost of living as a percentage of the national average.
  • Fun: The concentration of entertainment and dining, the percentage of the population ages 20-29 and the Yelp scores of restaurants and bars.
To see the full ranking and find out more about Cincinnati's statistics, click here.

Ten places to eat for $10 or less in Greater Cincinnati

Everyone is on a budget these days, but USA Today hit the jackpot and dug up the best eats and drinks in Greater Cincinnati that are $10 and under.

  • Carabello Coffee in Newport features fresh roasted coffees to-go, to enjoy in its cafe or to sip at the Analog Slow Bar.
  • Chili is a Cincinnati staple, but according to USA Today, Camp Washington Chili has the best bang for your buck.
  • Che has a great happy hour, but its fritas are always only a few dollars.
  • The McCoppin's breakfast sandwich at Hotel Covington's restaurant Coppin's is $10 and is served with a side of potatoes.
  • A whole meal of mouth-watering smoked meats and picnic-ready sides is available at either Eli's BBQ location for about $8.
  • Turtles at Gomez Salsa are the perfect on-the-go food, and they don't hurt your pocketbook either.
  • The Globe, a new bar in downtown Covington, has some thirst-quenching drink deals.
  • Everything on the menu at Graeter's is under $10.
  • Housemade macarons at Macaron Bar are $2.50 a piece, or you can take home a box of six for $12.
  • Zip's Cafe in Mt. Lookout has been around for decades, and the prices haven't changed much.

NKU lands on list of top 50 schools for LGBTQ students

College Choice recently ranked the top 50 colleges and universities for LGBTQ students. Northern Kentucky University came in at no. 31 on the list.

The website examined schools that protect their LGBTQ students through policy inclusion, resources, services and LGBTQ curriculum. From there, it compared the institutions' academic reputation, student satisfaction, affordability and average annual salary of graduates to create the ranking.

NKU has the LGBTQ Student Ambassadors, and every October, the entire campus celebrates LGBTQ History Month. NKU also has an active student life — including many queer and trans clubs and organizations for students. Its progressive campus safety policies and procedures; inclusive and exhaustive healthcare system; support groups for LGBTQ students struggling with depression and/or anxiety; and its LGBTQ policy statements and institutional commitments.

See what other schools made the list.


The Video Archive gets visits from two entertainment powerhouses

The Video Archive is getting lots of press lately, including from Bon Appetit and Bravo! The Quentin Tarantino-themed bar is hidden behind a secret door in a small movie store.

Once you enter the bar, you enter the world of Pulp Fiction, where clips from the film play on TVs around the bar, and a wall of Uma Thurmans hang out over the jukebox. The $5 milkshake is a must-have, and just like at the video store, you can order your favorite movie snacks.

The Video Archive also hosts movie nights on its outdoor patio, and the staff of talented bartenders create themed cocktails for the events. 

Read more about The Video Archive here and here.

Graeter's Black Raspberry Chip named a summer staple

Graeter's has been around since 1870, and the company has stayed true to its artisinal, small batch, handcrafted roots for more than 145 years.

Its OG flavor, Black Raspberry Chip, was handpicked by People.com as one of the summer's must-have ice creams. And that's saying something (just check out the list)!

If you've never had Black Raspberry Chip, it's a creamy black raspberry flavored ice cream with huge chunks of chocolate smattered throughout. You can get a scoop of it at any of Graeter's Cincinnati locations or purchase a pint of it for about $6 at regional grocery stores.

Or, if you're like Oprah, you can ship six pints of it to your front door for $80.

Star Wars costume exhibit considered must-see of the summer

There's been a ton of local hype around Star Wars and the Power of Costume — and now it's drawing some national attention from Cheapism.com's blog. It was recently included in the site's list of 20 must-see exhibits of the summer.

Visitors to the Cincinnati Museum Center (yes, parts of Union Terminal are open during renovations) get an up-close-and-personal look at over 60 costumes that were used in Star Wars movies. Exhibit highlights include robes worn by Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader's suit and breathing mask and Stormtrooper uniforms. 

The exhibit is on display now through Oct. 1; tickets are $24 for adults, $21 for seniors and $16 for kids ages 3-12. Click here for more information.


Queen City tops list of 25 best cities for people under the age of 35

There are many reasons why Cincinnati attracts young professionals: locally owned and operated restaurants, great beer, rich history, affordable housing and a strong job market. According to CNBC, these are just a few of the reasons why the city made it on Growella's list of top 25 cities for people under the age of 35.

Cincinnati came in at no. 16, just ahead of St. Louis.

Cincinnati received an A-, and is considered a great place for millenials because it has the ninth strongest paycheck 17 percent more job openings than the average city.

To decide the top 25 cities, Growella, which is based right here in Cincinnati, looked at these criteria: 
  1. How many entry-level jobs are available in the city? (7.5 percent of score)
  2. How much time is spent commuting in the city? (7.5 percent of score)
  3. What's the public transportation situation like in the city? (10 percent of score)
  4. How many other young people live there? (15 percent of score)
  5. What's the after-work and weekend scene like in the city? (10 percent of score)
  6. How far does a paycheck get you in the city? (50 percent of score)
Cities that scored 90+ received an A.

Check out the other 24 cities.


Cincinnati State designs Ohio's first-ever degree in beer brewing science

Two years ago, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College began offering craft beer classes. It expanded the curriculum in 2016, and is now offering a two-year Associate of Applied Science in Brewing degree.

Cincinnati State is the first school in Ohio to offer a degree in beer brewing science.

The program is designed to help students find jobs as head or assistant brewers. The majority of brewers are self-taught home brewers who have a passion for craft beer — they then take the leap and open their own breweries. Much of the coursework is based off of information from local brewers.

One of the classes teams up with a local brewery to create a class beer, which is then brewed by the participating brewery and tapped for the class to try.

Check out the full story from U.S. News & World Report.

Mosquito problems earn Cincinnati top 20 rating by Terminix

Cincinnati made another top 20 list, and this time as one of the cities where mosquitoes are a huge bother. It's no surprise, really, since Cincinnati is on the banks of a river.

According to customer data collected by pest-control company Terminix between April 2016 and April 2017, Cincinnati ranks no. 11 in mosquito-related customer complaints.

Terminix provides a number of DIY solutions to lessen the mosquito population around your home, including removing standing water from your property, cleaning out your gutters and replacing outdoor lighting with "bug bulbs."

To read more tips and see what other cities are bugging out over mosquitoes, click here.
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